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Q: usb powered hard drive not recognized

Dell Precision 4300 laptop T9300 2.5ghz processor running windows XP pro. Have a WD 400 passport external drive (powered through usb) that worked great for 6 months. Having problems recognizing the drive on usb port. Have a powered Hitachi drive that fine in the same port. Took WD passport and placed it on another computer and it works fine. When plugged into my laptop I can hear it fire up and the indicator light is on. WD troubleshot with me and we eliminated my drivers etc and same result. They warrantied the drive and new one has same issue. Tried a different cable. Dell troubleshot with me and diagnosed bad motherboard. Tech came to house and replaced motherboard with same results. Flashed bios and removed/installed drivers again same result. Drive will appear under device manager butI can't get to it. Part of my computer will lock up when drive in port and unfreeze when I pull it out. Also will see drive appear under my computer when removing usb cable. If I remove usb drivers and power up with WD plugged in occasionally I will be able to get to unit but it will freeze.

Preferred Solution: usb powered hard drive not recognized

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: usb powered hard drive not recognized

try this remove safely then reinstall it might work after several times you could go to the website and dowload the proper drivers hope this helps lisa6447

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Okay I have a vista machine I built my self a few years ago. Recently the power supply died and I replaced it with a bigger better one. 600 watts instead of 400. Machine works great, however, now it seems that external harddrives that are not powered from an external power supply (2.5 inch western digitals I have) are not recognized at all when I plug them in. Doesn't show up in device manager, disk management or anything. Nothing happens when I plug them in. The lights blink on the drives but nobody is home. They work fine on every other machine I have. Now, I know the usb ports put out at least some power because my iphone mounts fine and charges, even my 5th gen ipod which is a hard drive, charges and mounts, all flash drives work.... Could it be the external western digitals are not getting "enough" power, do the usb ports get power from another line that i might have forgotten to plug in? I thought those ports were all powered from the main power line that plugs into the Mobo all the other functions of the computer seem to be just fine. I've tried all 6 usb ports on the back and get the same result.

Any suggestions on what to try? Am at a loss. the drives are passport western digitals, I have a 60 gig and 120 gig...

A:external hard drives not recognized/powered in vista

1.) What's the make and model of your power supply? It's possible that it's underpowered for your setup.
If the power supply is generic, how many 12V rails does it have, and how many amps are on each 12V rail?

2.) Have you tried the drives on a different computer? If that problem is solved after trying on another computer, it's definitely your PC hardware causing the issue.

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Another issue with the laptop: the Passport drive is not recognized in the USB 3.0 connector on this laptop, but it is on the 2.0 connector. The USB cable I am using is the one that came with it, it has the blue part and sticker that says 3.0.

I was able to put this drive onto the laptop in the 3.0 connector yesterday but not anymore. I tried disable and re-enable the USB Controller but that didn't work.

When I plug it into the 3.0 connector, it actually does get power to the drive - the light comes on and I can hear it spin, its just that Windows 10 won't see it.

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I have the T110, I can create the recovery discs in Windows but when I restart the computer and press F12 it shows no CD/DVD drive in the BIOS.

So I cannot restore from or boot from the external CD/DVD drive.


A:Satellite T110 - USB powered CD/DVD drive not recognized in BIOS


I don?t have the notebook in front of me but check the BIOS if you can find an option called ?USB legacy support?. If yes you have to enable this feature that your notebook can recognize the external drive.

Can you boot from an USB stick? I mean you can also create the recovery files on an USB stick so this would be also an option to restore factory settings.

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I have a Sabrent 2.5" hard drive enclosure SBT-EKU25 that I am trying to use with USB on a Windows 7 laptop. The drive works but stops doing anything for several minutes at a time. There are no error messages, it just stops... no flashing or steady light. A minute or two later it picks up where it left off as though nothing has happened. It will then run fine again for several seconds and then it goes back to "sleep". I am trying to use the drive to backup files and it spends more time sleeping than doing anything else.

The drive enclosure does not come with any drivers and is supposed to be plug and play. I have checked the USB drivers and Windows says they are up to date. I have installed a 60Gb hard drive from an old laptop in it.

If i plug the the drive into the USB port on my Windows XP desktop it works fine.

A:USB powered hard drive enclosures

What type of drive did you put in the enclosure? According to Sabrent's web site it only works with IDE drives.

Sabrent | USB 2.0 to 2.5″ IDE Aluminum Hard Drive Enclosure – BLACK |

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My laptop HDD recently would not load windows. So i installed the OS on a different drive. Now, when i connect the old drive VIA USB 2.0toSATA it will not show up in My Computer. Disk Management will not show the drive either. The HDD is getting power, i can hear the disk spinning.

A:Hard Drive is powered, but does not show up.

Plug in and turn on the external USB hard drive
Right mouse click on My Computer
Left click on Manage
Left click on Device Manager
Expand the USB list
Find the USB device for your USB Hard Drive (the one that has no description)
Right mouse click - Uninstall
Turn off the external USB hard drive
Turn on the external USB hard drive and let it find and install the driver

Open 'Administration Tools', select 'Computer Management', click on 'Disk Management' and see if it can be seen here. If it does show here, chances are it doesn't have a drive letter assigned. If this is the case, right click on the drive, select "Change drive Letter...', and assign a drive letter to it.

If it was not seen there, go to 'Action' on the menu bar, click on 'Rescan Disks' and it should come up. If necessary assign a drive letter to as described above.

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I tried replacing the hard drive on my Inspiron 9300 with a 200G drive.  The administrative computer tools in Windows XP recognized it, but the BIOS showed it as 130G or so.  I finally had to replace the drive with a smaller one.  I had the latest BIOS version.  Is there a BIOS fix that will allow the larger hard drive to be used?

A:Hard drive not recognized by BIOS but recognized by WINDOWS Inspiron 9300

Not on the 9300s that use EIDE (parallel ATA) drives, no - the limit is 137G in BIOS setup.

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I just rebuilt an old system using Windows 7 Home Premium after using WinXP pro for many years. The primary hard drive is WDC 150 Mg and Win7 is installed and updated to current with SP1. I dropped a second WDC hard drive in, formatted and was going to use it for a 2nd backup unit. Both of these are sata. Both hard drives are recognized by Disk Management but when I select Computer on the start menu ONLY the primary 150 Mg drive is recognized. If I plug in an external drive, both Computer and Disk Management recognizes the external drive. How do I have Win7 recognize my backup WDC drive so I can use it.

Thank you

A:hard drive NOT recognized in computer but IS recognized in disk mgmnt.

Quote: Originally Posted by PERSIL

I just rebuilt an old system using Windows 7 Home Premium after using WinXP pro for many years. The primary hard drive is WDC 150 Mg and Win7 is installed and updated to current with SP1. I dropped a second WDC hard drive in, formatted and was going to use it for a 2nd backup unit. Both of these are sata. Both hard drives are recognized by Disk Management but when I select Computer on the start menu ONLY the primary 150 Mg drive is recognized. If I plug in an external drive, both Computer and Disk Management recognizes the external drive. How do I have Win7 recognize my backup WDC drive so I can use it.

Thank you

Had similarities on my pc.

Goto BIOS, there you have 4 options.

Primary Master
Secondary Master

Primary Slave
Secondary Slave

Set it as follows:

Primary Master -----> Main Boot HDD
Secondary Master -----> EMPTY

Primary Slave -----> CD/DVD RAM
Secondary Slave -----> Secondary backup HDD
Hpe it helps!


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I use a Seagate USB 3.0 external hard drive to do automated system backups on a weekly basis, using both Windows and Acronis. I have always left this drive on all the time, even though I only use it weekly.

I have read where some users power their external hard drives off between backups.

Any recommendations on the best thing to do.......leave it on or turn it off?

Thanks in advance.........

A:Is It Best to Keep External Backup Hard Drive Powered Off

If you can disconnect this drive when backups are not happening, you increase your odds of not having any viri or malware hitting the ext HD. Other than that, disconnecting and powering off ext HD saves some wearNtear on said device.

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I have a USB powered Maxtor 320GB portable HD connected to Windows XP laptop. As it got close to being full it has started to give me "Delayed write error". Sometimes I can access the drive and the files but sometimes the folders show as being empty. Sounds like it is dying. What can I do? What is the best way to save the data and copy it to another drive? At the moment it is not possible to copy data from the drive as it will fail half way through the transfer.

any advice appreciated


A:USB powered portable Hard Drive problems

As tedious as it may sound, I'd try copying small chunks at a time instead of the whole thing.

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I have a Compaq desktop with an
AMD Athlon 1.1GHZ
128MB of RAM
a 16mb TNT video card
and 60GB HDD

I tried to reformat the hard drive because I initially had a virus on it - so the only means was to format it. The first time I reinstalled it successfully with a copy of a WinXP Pro cd, that came with a dell laptop of mine. BIG MISTAKE-- the computer tripped out and was asking for authentication. No problme arised yet, windows xp installed, and authentication was the only thing that was being irritating.

I commensed to reformat the hard drive with nothing in it except the OS installed, with a different copy of WinXP that did not come with my dell laptop. In the middle of reformatting, however, about 51% complete, I powered down the computer because I thought it would not hurt the formatting process, so I could take it back to the owner's house and finish up the reformatting process there, and at the same time be able to hang out at their pool. the old idea of "kill two birds with one stone" or something. >_< I feel pretty stupid. I hope you guys don't chew me out now, but yeah.

So I tried to turn the computer on again later on to finish reformatting. I pressed the power button and everything seemed to go right, until nothing appeared on the monitor. the monitor stays black, with an orange 'standby' light as if the computer was on standby.

P.S. does extreme heat destroy the desktop or the computer parts? i had l... Read more

A:My desktop powered down while formatting hard drive


bump^ is this even allowed? bump. no responses yet ;/

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So I have multiple external monitors. When I'm not usually all of them, I turn the ones off I don't need. I just press the power button on the front of the external monitor.

The problem is when I move my mouse, it will still go in the direction of the monitor that's off, causing me to lose my mouse, because I can't see it.

Is there anyway to prevent the computer from seeing the external monitor when I have it powered off? The external monitors are Dell U2414h monitors and the laptop is Lenovo x230 Tablet with Windows 7. The graphics card is intel hd graphics 4000. Thanks.

A:External Monitor Still Recognized When Powered Off

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Hello All,

I just installed a new ASROCK FM2A88M Extreme4+ motherboard in my home PC last week. I have a CM Storm Quickfire Rapid i keyboard and a SteelSeries Rival mouse attached to the top two USB ports on the back of the motherboard:

Ever since I got this motherboard I have been having frequent, random issues with my Quickfire keyboard. What happens is, after a cold boot, about 20% of the time the keyboard does not light up and is not recognized by Windows. I have to either reboot or pull the USB plug and put it back in to get it to work. I have also tried switching around the USB ports (swapping which port the mouse and keyboard uses) but that doesn't seem to work. (I didn't try the other "lower" USB ports because I assumed that, due to the position of the ones I am using, that they are meant specifically to be used for keyboards and mice.)

The Quickfire keyboard is new as well but I did have it before I got the ASROCK motherboard and i don't recall having this issue (at least not frequently enough to remember) so I am leaning towards the conclusion that it's an issue with the ASROCK motherboard.

My first question is, is there a way in Windows 8.1 (event logs, device manager, etc.) to see what exactly is causing my keyboard to not be recognized all the time?

If you were to make an educated guess would you say it's an issue with the motherboard or the keyboard? (Note that the Quickfire keyboard did not come with any drivers or software, everything is done... Read more

A:Keyboard Frequently Not Recognized/Powered On After Boot.


if it was me i would try another keyboard to rule that out first. do you have another keyboard you can test with?

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. I have an image of the entire hard drive that I created when I first got the computer (using Acronis TrueImage), and I'd like to restore that image, returning the laptop back to that fresh, clean original state. I've done this two or three times before and it worked great each time.

But now there's a problem. Normally I would connect to the laptop a USB storage/backup drive that has the disk image, boot the laptop from a Rescue Media CD created by Acronis, then restore that disk image from the back-up drive onto the laptop's HDD.

When I tried it this time round, the laptop's HDD was not listed in TrueImage at all. I created a new rescue media disk, tried it again, and got the same result.

I then took the HDD out of the laptop, connected it to an adapter kit that let's you power up and plug in the drive via a USB port and external power supply, and tried the same procedure using my desktop to run the operation. Same result. The drive was not detected by Acronis.

The drive does not seem to spin up at all when it is connected.

** Keep in mind the drive still works when installed in the laptop -- it boots into Windows XP etc. **

When I plug the drive into my desktop, the drive does not show up in Disk Management (Start | Right-click My Computer | Manage | Disk Management). It doesn't show up in either of the two right-side windows. (so there's no way I know of to format it or d... Read more

A:Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

It's a power issue. Had the same issue taking a 2.5" laptop hdd and attempting to hook up w/ a passive usb sata hdd cable. my recommendation is to use a powered usb sata cable. like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119475 having proper power will allow the USB bus to detect and power the hdd correctly. Hope this helps, take care!

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I have a 1TB external storage drive that uses its own power supply and connects to my laptop via USB 2.0 cable. For months I've had absolutely no problem out of the device, until the computer randomly decided to forget the device was plugged in. Now I'm lucky to get the device to be recognized by the computer at all, and when it is recognized, if I try to move anything to/from the device, the connection is immediately severed from the computer.

I use this device for my backup as well as holding on to things I would rather not get rid of. All my drivers are up to date, I've done all the Power Management checking and unchecking that I've read from other threads found via Google search, and still it won't work correctly for me. Any advice?

A:Self-Powered External Storage not recognized/randomly disconnecting

Providing you have done all the power options to attack the problem from the OS end of things, then you must consider that the drive itself is the problem. This seems likely since the drive has worked fine in the past.

The first suspect would be the USB cable, the connector on either end, or the port on either end.

The second suspect would be the hard drives power supply. These do go bad. If it is not supplying proper power then the drive will fail to be recognized correctly.

Try the drive on another computer. If it exhibits the same behavior there then you can narrow it down to one of the two issues above.

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A few months ago I setup my 2TB external hard drive as the designated drive to save new app, documents, programs, etc...It also acts as the drive where my desktop icons are stored. Everything has been working as it should until a few ago. When I start up are restart my computer none of my desktop icons show up and I have an error message that says there was a problem loading "desktop". The message also states to check and see if the files have been moved or insert a disk. Now that being said the only problem I am currently having is the desktop icons not loading properly. The external drive still shows up in "My Computer" and is still assigned as the designated drive to save information. I have no problems saving, moving, or viewing files from the external hard drive, but it is bothersome that my desktop icons and shortcuts do not appear. Is there a way to fix this problem without having to format the drive as there are several hundred Gb of data currently on the drive?

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I am posting here as well as in the hard drives part...

My question is: I have XP Pro on my machine that once recognized the external firewire hard drive attached to it (showed up as drive letter in "My
Computer"). Now, the passthru works fine on the ext. hard drive feeding
another firewire device, but I can not get the pc to show a drive letter for
the ext. drive anymore. The ext. drive shows up fine on another pc w/ xp
pro. What .dll or file is missing or has been corrupted to cause this? I
also have a client that is experiencing the similar problem with his new pc
w/xp pro and a USB thumb drive, and thought these 2 issues may be similar in

Thanks in advance,
Dave S. A+ certified

A:Ext. hard drive is recognized, but no drive letter assigned in XP Pro

Hello... any ideas??? anyone???

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I have a Dell Dimension MCE 8400 that I ordered with a single drive. In retrospect I should have ordered it with 2 drives and without MCE but that is another discussion. I am wanting to install a new OEM WD Cavier SATA 160 with dual boot operating systems on the same drive but partitioned, XP Pro and MCE. I have installed the WD drive as the second drive (in position 1) and made a partition of 40 GB. The drive is seen by the system. I reboot the system and go into setup, disable the Maxtor SATA drive (one delivered with system and in position 0) change the boot order so it boots from CD, save the changes. I boot the system with the Win XP Pro CD, and in the FDD I have WD SATA drivers. The system boots, I hit F6 and it looks as though it is reading the SATA controller drivers. Needless to say the system doesn't recognize that a hard drive is present. Please help!!!!! If anyone has any ideas or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

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I used to have a cd rom and a cd burner master/slaved to my motherboard. a while ago that ide slot died, so i master/slaved my hard drive and my burner to the working ide slot.

a few days ago the computer crashed. i dont remember the exacy error but it no longer recognized the hard drive. when i tried to restart it brought me to the strike f1 to reboot/strike f2 for options screen. i assumed this meant that the hard drive was toast, but upon further inspection when trying to change the boot sequence in the BIOS it recognized the floppy drive but the the hard drive nor the cd drive were recognized. this lead me to believe that the second ide slot had now gone bad as well.

my brother has another dell dimension so i opened his up, removed his hard drive and replaced it with the questionable hard drive. i booted it and got Boot Failure : System Halted.

is this enough evidence of a hard drive failure? ive come to terms with it being time for a new computer but im still hoping everything on the hard drive can be recovered.

any opinions/suggestions?

A:Dell Dimension Hard Drive and CD Drive not recognized

Did you check that the Master/Slave jumpers were set correctly?
Moving a HD to another PC normally does NOT work, unless both PCs are identical in hardware. Put your 'old' HD as a slave in your brother's PC, boot up and see if you can access your old drive. Save whatever you can and burn onto CD/DVD.
Then go buy another PC, anything but Dell or eMachines!
Or better, if you have the know-how, build your own from components.

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I'm not new to computers by any means (Bachelors Degree) but very rusty on troubleshooting hardware issues.

I have Win XP Professional Edition on an AMD motherboard with Athlon Processor and 2GB RAM. Everything seemed fine until recently. I have noticed that out of the blue, my hard drive will disappear and the screen goes to a black screen with white lettering saying something about no hard drive found. I will reboot and go into bios settings and set it to boot from my SATA drive, however sometimes it does not show my hard drive there. I have to completely shut down the pc and wait an hour or so then turn back on and it boots Windows just fine. This is aggravating. I have purchased a new Power Supply (850w), I have replaced the thermal paste on the CPU due to a vibration and extreme heat coming from back of tower (this did reduce the heat issue). It almost seems like the pc is overheating or something and shutting down the hard drive. Is this possible or just me over thinking? I use canned air frequently on all my pc's to keep them dust free and clean.

I hope this wasn't just babble but if you need further info to assist in troubleshooting, please let me know.


A:Hard drive not recognized

I would test the hard drive with a bootable CD version (ie DOS version) of drive makers' diagnostic software. I'm not saying the drive is failing, just that it can't be ruled out without testing it. You can use SeaTools for DOS: http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/

or Hitachi Drive Fitness Test: http://www.hgst.com/support/index-files/simpletech-legacy-downloads#DFT

In either case the download is an ISO CD-image. Create a CD from this with IMGBurn: http://www.filehippo.com/download_imgburn/

Boot your PC from that CD and the testing software will open.

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hey, i am trying to backup files and programs to an external hard drive. and a messages comes up saying "one of the USB devices attached to this pc has malfunctioned and windows does not recognize it. can anyone help? thanks

A:Hard drive not recognized

Usually this means there is a hardware issue.
Can you try the external HDD in another PC and see if the issue occurs there?

If not, then you may want to reformat it and then move it back to your PC and see if the problem happens again... if it does, then you may have a USB issue on your machine.
Try another USB port if so, and if that doesn't do it, try reinstalling your USB device drivers for your PC.

Though 9 out of 10 times this is an issue with the device which may be remedied by moving to another computer, or the device itself is actually damaged/defective.

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I was posting in another thread and realized I shouldn't hijack his/her thread. I also tried looking around the forums for a resolution to my problem and either 1) can't find it or 2) probably didn't look hard enough.

Before I get into the problem, here's my HD configuration:

1 x 500GB SATA HD (2 partitions) -- Master Drive -- Windows 7 Pro 64-bit installed in one of the partitions (150GB partition)
1 x 250GB IDE HD (no partitions) -- Slave Drive -- just for file dump.

Here's my problem:

I installed Windows 7 Pro 64-bit on one of the partitions of the SATA HD. It works great and recognizes both partitions of this drive. However, I cannot "see" my IDE HD. I went through to disk management and I can see the drive there with no drive letter. I tried to assign it a drive letter via right clicking, but all options were grayed out (meaning, not clickable). I read other posts but they either have the same solution (assigning drive letter) or the problem is slightly different from mine. I've had this HD configuration before and had Windows XP Pro 64-bit on it too.

Anyways, I'm not sure what to do and I don't want to delete the files on that HD. Anyone have a solution to this problem? Thanks!

A:IDE hard drive not recognized

I should also add that the two partitions have drive letters of C: and D: (Windows installed on C: ). Also, I'm not dual-booting (as I see that question being asked in other threads).

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Hey can anyone please help me out with this problem. I got a new ADATA Nobility NH03 1TB 3.0 External HDD and it works on the USB 2.0 ports but it is not recognized at all on the 3.0 ports, the device still lights up when I plug it into the port but nothing happens on the pc. The USB 3.0 port can see my other USB 2.0 devices though. My motherboard is an ASRock 870 Extreme3. I have the USB 3.0 enabled in my BIOS.

Please help me out and thank you.

A:USB 3.0 Hard Drive not being recognized

nevermind i fixed it

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Hey all! I am having trouble getting a second HDD to be recognized by Windows 8. Here's what I know, I have it plugged into the SATA 2 port, the original HDD is connected to SATA1, and the optical drive is set to SATA 3. There is an unused eSATA port. I don't know what it is for. I started the computer and entered the BIOS. It recognized the 2nd HDD, but when I start the computer and check to see if it is there, it doesn't show it. I looked under disk management, but all I can see it the primary drive and the optical drive. I have a Levono. Any help would be appreciated.

A:2 Hard drive Not Recognized

I am not trying to configure a RAID set up. I just that second hard drive so I can access my old files.

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My dell dimension 4300s just stoped working and know the pc dosent recognize the hard drive or cd-drive, in bios it just says unknown.Please help

A:Hard drive not recognized

try diconnecting the power from the cd drive and see if bios recognizes just the hard drive. if both device are on the same parellel cable you might have a slave/master conflict.

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Help....please, hopefully someone can help me. The problem is back!

I had this problem where intermittently, usually when i came out of sleep mode, the hard drive with my data would "disappear". I would have to reboot to get it back. Whenever this happened I'd get error msgs saying "windows delayed write failed, could not write to the file D:\$Mft". Well, the problem began to get more frequent and one day, I could no longer get the drive back after rebooting. It is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160gb SATA. I ran the seagate tests, it passed.

So I sent the drive back on an RMA and got a new one. THe original one worked fine for 2 years. For about 2 weeks the new one worked fine but NOW its back!!!!

This time, it happened twice tonight as I was working. All of a sudden I get the delayed write error, and sure enough when i check "my computer" it is GONE. I have to reboot. I was working on editing some digital photos converting raw images, each one is about 46mb, and as the program was writing the converted file it took a LONG time to write...and then i got the error. Even when I dont get the error, it takes a very long time to write a 46mb file to the disk I tried saving the file to my c: drive and it took just seconds. Something is wrong here!

Now I dont think my original hard drive was even bad. What could be going on in my computer to make it not see the hard drive???? BTW, this drive is not full. It has about 15gb free.

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Well I have a dell desktop (not sure of the exact type) and I have Windows Xp Home edition. My computer suddenly stopped working saying that my hard drives were not found. I'm at a loss here and I have no idea.

Any help is appreciated.



A:Hard drive not recognized

Does Windows still work in any shape or form? Can you give details of what happens when you switch on - any fan or drive noises, any lights, any beeps? Anything on the screen ? If so, what does it say - exact wording please.

It will speed things up if you also tell me what model your PC is, it's age, and any other details that you can. At this moment, anything might turn out to be relevant. Do you have a floppy disc drive, do you have any original install CD for Windows, if so exactly what? From Dell likely nothing at all.....

We are looking here at failed Hard drive, power supply or motherboard, which is as wide a choice as you can get....

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Hey I have a new Western Digital 500GB Caviar Green Hard Drive, and it is recognized in my computer, it is formatted and I have marked the partition as active. Yet it will not show up in my Windows 7 installation. How do I make it show up in the installation screen?

A:Hard Drive Not Recognized

Did you assign it a drive letter by right clicking on it ?

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I bought a new hard drive and formatted it etc, then installed or tried to install windows XP home edition after the initial install
I get a message telling me windows does not recognize the drive. ??? How do I fix this

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I have a compaq presario 2100 running XP. Out of the blue it powered itself down. I powered back on and received the following error "Operating System not found". I then brought it up and brought up the setup. I ran the hard drive test and received "no IDE device". So I popped my recover CD in and tried to boot off of it. I also made the CD device the first avail for boot sequence. It will not boot off the CD and now I'm receiving the following message before getting the "no operating system", it's "PXE-E61 media test failure check cable". I have receded the hard drive, but disk is not turning and blue light does not come on. So, shouldn't the recover CD boot and how can I tell if the disk is bad? Any help would be great!

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My dell Inspiron 6000 crashed and I had a message that it was a hard drive problem. I bought a new hard drive and when I plug it in, it shows that it is not recognizing the hard drive. I went into the set up and under hard drive it says [none]. I made sure it was set in properly, but still no luck. Any ideas?

A:Hard Drive not recognized

Maybe it's your data cable. I mean I had a similar problem before. First I thought it was my hard drive, but after ruling that out, I finally found that I needed a new data cable.

If your system has a spare data cable (like your CD drive, if connected through another cable on your other IDE port) test this one on your hard drive.

You could also test your hard drive on a friend's PC to rule out hard drive malfunction.

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I purchased a SSDNow V+ hard drive which is shown as Win 7 x64 compatible. After installing it and booting, I checked the bios and it shows the drive. After windows booted, I went to Acronis to clone my old system drive, and it found the new drive. I checked the drive tree in explorer planning on formatting it first, and the drive did not appear there. I checked Device Manager and the drive appears there. I went to Computer-Manage-Disk Management expecting to just change the drive letter. Unfortunately, Disk Management does not find the drive. It perplexes me that Device Manager sees it, but there is no way to access it.

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Ok, I am not too sure what happened to my hard drive. I had gone downstairs to help my parents out with there computer, and when I returned, I had a black screen with the sentence, "Press F1 to retry boot or F2 to enter setup". It turns out that for some reason, my hard drive is not being recognized anymore by the BIOS and it won't boot. I tried automatically finding my HArd Drive in BIOS, but it says nothing is found. I hear that there is a virus that can prevent the hard drive from being found. I cannot run FDISK, Windows setup, or just plain Format because it says a hard disk was not found. Can somebody please help me figure out what the probem is, because I am realy not in the mood to buy a new hard drive. Thanks for all your help.

A:Hard Drive not recognized

Download a bootdisk from here

that will get you to an A:\ prompt for commands.
Probalby wont help much until you get the bios to find your hd.

open up your case, blow the dust out of it and reseat all your HD cables(power and ide) then reboot.

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Help me. i have a Compaq presario that came with Vista(unfortuneately). I purchased an IDE to SATA adaptor so I could install a new 200GB HD I got..I want to install XP on it and dump the Vista (but keep the HD with all my stuff on it). Probllem is, my computer will not recognize the hard drive. it gets to the point where it says click "enter" to start XP installation, but then get the error message. I know the HD works as I have tried to install on 2 different computers and it works great.
I know I could do a dual-boot option, but I want to also use this 200gb HD that is just sitting here. Any suggestions?

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I removed my hard drive with the intention of giving the E Machine desktop w/Windows Vista to my sister (didn't want my info floating around). I ended up keeping the computer. I reinstalled the hard drive and turned the computer on it's not recognizing the hard drive. It's hooked up just as it was when I took it out. The hard drive was not damaged or anything. What do I do?

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My computer is a Dell XPS ONE with a samsung hard drive running Vista. I have had nothing but problems with the hard drive on it. Changed it 3 times going on 4. I tried to run repair but it froze and I shut down the computer and now I can't boot from it. Presently I am using ubuntu (from a cd) on it so I can access the internet. Ubuntu doesn't recognize my hard drive either, it just shows a drive "mass storage" but can't mount it. I do have a backup but it is a couple of weeks old and I wanted to get the most recent files which are also important to me. Is there anything I can do? The last time this happened I was able to access my OS through Ubuntu but that is not the case this time. Also, when I was trying to boot up I kept getting an error message..something about PXE??..

A:Hard drive not recognized

The 1st thing to do is figure out what is killing your HDD's. You could try installing the drive as a second drive in another computer or into an External Enclosure to see if the drive it self is readable, and if it is you can copy data off it that way.

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Hi everyone,
I have a new computer & put my old 120 gig hard drive on this system.....I formatted it by right clicking on the drive & when it finished formatting....all that was seen was 31.4 gig..my master hard drive is 120 gig as well....can some one tell me what I may did wrong please..Or what I can do to correct this problem..any help n this matter would be greaqtly be appreciated..? My system is a Pentium 4 2.8Ghz 512 Megs of ram,Asus motherboard P4S800.

*Thanks Bobbylee

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Hello all, I have a severe problem and hope someone can help me.

It started last night with my computer off and unplugged. My 160gig external drive was still plugged in and on when it was accidentally unplugged. I plugged it back in, and a minute later heard 2 clicks...i shut it off immediately.

turned it back on an hour later and the computer. no clicks, but it the drive didnt show up in "my computer". it did show up in the device manager as working properly. But when looking at volume information in properties it shows as unreadable. It also doesnt show up in disk management.

I have tried several downloaded programs and most see the drive and show it as corrupted partition. They also show the drive as far larger than it is (like 2 terrabyte) and show it as 1 head 1 sector.

I am lost as to what to try next. I hope someone can help me.


A:Hard drive not recognized by xp

Welcome to TechSpot

Your unplugging corrupted the file-system of that HD.
You could try and take it out of the case, set it to slave and stick it in a PC, connect it to an IDE-cable.
Then hunt around for various Data-recovery programs. Try and D/L this one from TechSpot's DL-area: http://www.techspot.com/download201.html

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My external WD hard drive was dropped...
My computer doesn't recognize it at all...not listed anywhere
The lights are on and no one is home.
I've tried CBL to see if I can retrieve the files...get an "error 27 in HD 129" . This program has been running for 24 hours.
Can the files be retrieved? By whom and at what cost?

A:Hard Drive Not Recognized

If you go to the website of the manufacturer of the drive you should be able to download a diagnostic tool to test the drive.

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I've got a Dell Dimension 4600. I think the hard drive is failing so I took an old hard drive that I had (western digital caviar wd600) and replaced the one that came with the dell with the western digital one. I booted with the xp cd in and ran an install formatting the drive , but now when I try to boot I get a message saying

Primary Hard Disk Drive 0 not found

Anyone know what I've done wrong?



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When booting up my one-year-old dell laptop, I get the message

"primary hard disk 0 is not found"

I tried to boot up from the XP cd that came with my computer, but it tries to install XP rather than just boot the computer. It fails because it does not recognize the hard drive.

I was thinking that if I was able to install off the CD I could reformat the hard drive and just start over. Is there a way that could work, or will I need to buy a new hard drive for it?

This all happened this morning after I tried to restart my computer because it gave me the "blue screen"

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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My WinXP Pro crashed today, and I had to reset the PC. After reset, the screen stopped at the "Finding IDE devices page" for a long time. After a long time, it found my primary HD and my CD-ROM, but didn't find my secondary HD. The whole initial loading process is taking forever. I can't even get pass DOS mode. Is my HD broken? If it is not recognized, I can't even format it then. Please help. Thanks.

A:Hard Drive not recognized

Oh, After I removed the HD, the system runs smoothly like before.

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I have been running 2 hard drives for about a year.All the sudden my second Hard drive that contains all my pictures from the last eight years can not be found!!! Can anyone help???? Is there some way to get the Data off there?

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So I've recently built a new PC and I installed 4 hard drives on it.

1)256GB SSD
2)500GB HDD
3)600GB HDD
4)600GB HDD

My problem is that the 3rd HDD drive is not recognized and its displayed as "Intel Raid 0 Volume" in Device Manager (I didn't change any settings in BIOS for RAID configuration).

When I enter Disk Management I get the message:

And also in partition management its displayed as "Disk 3 Unknown 1192.34GB Not initialized - Unallocated" (the actual HDD size is 600GB)

Two things I noticed:
- In BIOS all the drives are displayed correctly
- I used a SATA to USB adapter and the drive works fine with all the data on it.

I tried running some Chkdsk tests but didn't get anywhere since the drive doesn't event have a letter assigned to begin with.

Anyone knows a possible solution?

Thank you

A:Hard drive not recognized on new PC

Assign a letter to it manually and it should work.

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I just bought a new drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148100) for a case I've had for about two years (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817173002R). Windows is not recognizing the drive at all and I've tried the standard fixes. First and foremost, is the drive compatiable with the case? What else can I do to get Windows to recognize the new hardware?

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I've recently completed building my own system. I am using an Intel DG33FBC board with a WD Raptor 74G SATA Drive. The drive does show in the BIOS, however when I try to run XP the drive is not recognized. I have tried hitting F6 during the installation for 3rd party drivers, but still no luck. Also, when I boot the machine without XP, I get a message that no bootable drives are recognized. I find this strange, especially because the drive is recognized in the BIOS. Any suggestions?

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